The Trail Smoke Eaters stand in solidarity and mourning with the Tk’emlups te Secwepemc First Nation, the survivors of residential schools, and all those grieving the 215 Indigenous children whose remains were found at the former Kamloops Indian Residential School. As a country we must continue to pursue truth and reconciliation and truly recognize the generational trauma that continues to persist as a result of the residential school system.
June is National Indigenous History Month. Please join us this month in reflecting not only on the trauma and abuse that the residential school system has inflicted upon Indigenous communities, but also in honoring the integral role Indigenous communities and Indigenous players have had in our country and in our sport, on and off the ice.
The trauma and abuse of the residential school system continues to harm Indigenous communities, and if you are in need of support please call the Indian Residential School Survivors Society 24-hour crisis line at 1-866-925-4419.